Through the current day, only forty-three men have held the office of the President of the United States, and some have been sanctified and some reviled. This historical work addresses the careers of the first ten presidents, men who made vital contributions not only to the office of the presidency, but to the course of the fledgling nation. From Washington through Tyler, every term is recounted in detail and each presidential profile provides as many as a hundred quotations by the president, his friends, family, historians, and others. Each profile ends with an extensive bibliography of books about the president, his principles and policies and also provides suggestion for further reading. Rigorously non-partisan in approach, this detail-rich text describes the early years of what may well be one of the most demanding jobs in the world.